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Energy is essential for the development of our economies and our well-being. But the scale and types of energy we currently use contribute to what makes our activities unsustainable. Our Energy Program supports the development of sustainable energy systems. These must meet demand, including access for those currently not connected to modern energy sources. They must also recover their costs, generate surplus for maintenance and investment, and comply with environmental and social norms. 

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Shining a Light on Fossil Fuel Subsidies at the WTO: How NGOs can contribute to WTO notification and surveillance
Feature Paper

Shining a Light on Fossil Fuel Subsidies at the WTO: How NGOs can contribute to WTO notification and surveillance

Fossil fuel subsidies undermine efforts to mitigate climate change and damage the trading system. However, multilateral discussion is hampered by inconsistent definitions and incomplete data.

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  • Commentary
    Jobs and the Low-Carbon Energy Transition: Perspectives from Cumberland County

    Commentary

    Jobs and the Low-Carbon Energy Transition: Perspectives from Cumberland County

    Debate over Canada’s climate change policies has frequently centered on concerns over jobs and economic competitiveness. This commentary begins in Cumberland County, in Northwestern Nova Scotia, Canada, where new jobs are emerging in the renewable energy sector. It argues that the shifts underway in Cumberland County are representative of a larger transition, as job losses in the fossil fuel industry are replaced by growth in renewable energy. 

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    IISD Perspectives on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    Commentary

    IISD Perspectives on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    As the Sustainable Development Goals were in the final hours of negotiation in 2015, and in the early days of implementation in 2016, IISD experts reflected on the implications for countries, the UN system, and our own programs of work. These articles, first published as a series of blog postings, are the outward expression of that thought process. 

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    Reactions to Canada's Climate Change Framework: Government leadership

    Blog

    Reactions to Canada's Climate Change Framework: Government leadership

    Melissa Harris takes a look at the recent Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, focusing on government leadership.

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